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Rethinking Authority: Part 1

No question, many of us have a bittersweet relationship with [our idea of] “authority”. We know it’s essential, we know it’s relevant…but we chafe when it comes to being under it¹.

Perhaps you’ve wondered why “authority” rubs people the wrong way and creates quivers among the masses…

If that’s you, then you’re in the right place.

‘Cause whether you’re in authority and suspect the authenticity of your subordinates…or are under it and think the term is nothing more than a means for manipulation/a code word for power, addressing the issue of ‘what to do when you question authority’ is key.

With that said, here are a couple practical ways to rightfully deal with authority (as supported by Scripture):

1) Pray. As cliché as it may sound, voicing supplication is not so much a ‘good idea’, as it is a Kingdom mandate (or as I call…an "appointed opportunity") for us to engage. Take 1 Timothy 2:1-3 for instance. In this passage, Paul is urging his younger colleague to intercede for al…

The Path Less Traveled

On starry night in mid-July, I near a path less traveled by Two roads converged; I pause to ponder, breathing dusk in hope to wonder Where this goes…who really knowsto where it flows or where it slows But a path so lit, a sky legit…how can I not be up for it? And so it starts on foreign route, a journey lighting year’s commute A vane in motion once imposing, now a door in rapid closing
On cherished faces, all those places…counting down amid the paces

Where ‘tween a few along the trace, a tear comes streaming down my face Because I know the time is now; in stride I ride, in heart I bow To think about all I adore…and all the things I’m thankful for And all the reasons I am blessed even when my faith is pressed As for this day, I’m glad in it; for days to come, my hope is fit Yet for this road, who really knows bar the step out from the shadows Where from there forth I carry on, content with what is here and gone And so, my friends, be grateful still for what you have, what was, what will These days…

Passion Punch: 9 Truths for 9 Fruits (Part 1)

For those who follow me on His Girl Fryday, you know for the past few months, Lys and I have been leading a ‘Fruits in Fullness’ youth discipleship series, diving off Galatians 5 into the depths of Ephesians 3...and with two fruits to go, we figured we'd start looking back at the best of each session and re-examine each fruit in their wholeness... ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Fullness of Joy
When we talk about joy, it’s important we grasp its contrast to happiness. I know when I was a kid, there were many times I'd encounter a burst of positivity assuming it to be joy (long term happiness) when in actuality I was experiencing a form of happiness (short term joy).
Not to suggest happiness is a bad thing. After all, if contentment is frequent in your life, clearly you’re doing something right. At the same time, it’s worth noting the biggest difference between joy and happiness …

Flash Weather: 2017-18 Winter Weather Forecast

Well, folks. We’re one week past the autumnal equinox…and I think we all know what that means…

…break out the fall décor, have yourself a very merry pumpkin-space latte, and check Cameron’s blog for yet another preliminary winter weather forecast.
Now, I’m not gonna lie: my forecastlast year busted badly due, in part, to a screaming Pacific jet and lingering 2015-16 Super El Niño side effects. If you recall, outside of a few days in January and March, we absolutely blowtorched from December 23 through the end of March with top 5 positive temp anomalies for the stretch.

Just look at how nasty these CF6's look...

While it’s hard to imagine a worse winter this season, given the nature of winters since 2011, it’s only fair to wonder what to expect in the months ahead, specifically between Thanksgiving and the start of spring 2018.
Thus, as I always do this wonderful time of year, I present you my preliminary teleconnection grades for the winter ahead... ------------------------------…

3 Ways to Better Love Your Enemies

Here’s a riddle for you: What’s something everyone has, is the evidence of having stood up for something…yet also the byproduct of brokenness?

Give up? The answer…our enemies.

You know those people who curse you yet you’re supposed to bless…who hate you yet you’re supposed to love…

In many ways, we love to hate our enemies…to exact sweet revenge without the calories. But what if I told you while revenge is sweet, forgiveness is sweeter? What if I told you while enemies hurt, not loving them hurts even more?

Whatever the case, wherever you find yourself…if you want to better love your enemies, here are three truths to remember…

1. Understand who they are

When it comes to our enemies, it’s easy to hide behind the labels we place on them. Seriously, how many of you at one point had a sinking relationship you wanted to write off? Like mileage on taxes…or interest on a mortgage?

Granted, enemies come in many forms and yield to subjective definitions; still, if you’re like me, then chances are you…

3 Keys to Communicating Vision

When it comes to quality leadership, no question, one of the hardest challenges is communicating vision (i.e. important information necessary for growth and progress). From filtering content to personal interaction, the marriage of progress to relationship can be a messy process. Thankfully, where there’s a will, there’s a way, even if it doesn’t happen the way we want or when we want.

That said…here are three keys to communicating vision effectively…
Say What You Need to SayWhen casting vision, it’s important to remember conciseness is more valuable than eloquence. After all, a platform should never be about exposing what you know (i.e. show off), but rather what your audience needs to know (i.e. show how)…which brings me to my first point:

When communicating what an audience needs to know, start with what you need to say first.

More specifically, don’t just filter your content; break it down into lucid, bite-sized bits. That way, you can better discern what is necessary and what is foot…

3 Ways to Handle Unfair Criticism

If you’ve worked a job long enough, chances are you know what it’s like to be falsely accused. After all, rumors, gossip, backstabbing = just another day in the workplace, right?

Yet, while we can all agree condemnation is never fun, not all may agree on how to overcome; still, as an advocate of reconciliation, I submit even on the darkest of days, there’s always a roadmap to resolve.

To get us there, here are three basic truths we can rely on when coping with unfair rebuke…

1. Don't take it personally

Let’s be honest: when we receive unfair rebuke, it’s easy to lock into defense mode (i.e. shutting down, walling up, and basing every thought/action around hurt prevention). Sure, we may take the punches, turn the other cheek, heck, we may even get back up again…but at the end of the day, we’re often far too content remaining frozen in cynicism and analysisparalysis (i.e. over-thinking a situation towards indifference).

Perhaps you can relate to a colleague dishing out unnecessary c…

Do the Dew: A Commentary on Judges 6-7

Thoughts inspired from last week's LEGACYouth house church...
When God calls Gideon to deliver Israel, it’s interesting to note how quickly his response turns from ‘why me’ to ‘how me’. I know as a kid I used to give Gideon a hard time thinking his response was more like Zechariah than Mary; however, upon further review, it's fair to justify his hesitancy considering a) his social place within tribe and family and b) his tribe’s physical place (i.e. hiding in mountains and caves as eastern tribes destroyed their crops like locusts).
Granted, none of these issues ultimately mattered; still, like Moses and David, God was calling forth a weakly perceived deliverer from a wilderness whose past was significantly secondary to his well as what needed to be known in the present (i.e. his identity, his called; in the case of Gideon...who he was as a mighty man of valor).

So while we tend to think of Gideon as the Old Testament equivalent of doubting Thomas, I submit he's …